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Latest news and press releases from The Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

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We’re launching our Service Award Scheme! TSAT is underpinned by you, our team; your efforts reinforce our values, and your constant commitment supports our high standards and quality of the learning journeys our students take, when they join a Thinking School, and for that we truly thank all of you. Every member of staff, whether with us for a year or 30 years, is talented, valued and noticed during their time with us. Here at TSAT loyalty is genuinely having our, and our students’ best interests at heart, and for our longer standing team members, you have honoured that commitment year on…

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Cedar Children’s Academy have won a notable Mental Health Award for their admirable efforts to maintain wellbeing throughout their school. The school is very proud to have been one of only three schools in Medway to be awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools. The award recognises the efforts of the school to provide an outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision for all of its children and staff. As we all know, 2020 had been a…

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Plymouth High School for Girls, or PHSG as it’s known, was founded to further encourage the growing popularity in the late 19th century to improve women’s rights and encourage girls to be ambitious in life.   PHSG are a long established and highly popular city selective school with determined and enthusiastic staff and students, and while many things have changed since their opening in 1874, their school motto, ‘non scholae sed vitae discimusn – meaning ‘For life, not school, we learn’, is as important and relevant today as it was…

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Welcome to Our Trust, the last edition for 2020. What is truly inspiring about the pages in this edition, is that they are full of our young people and our staff doing fantastic things, without any hint of the disruption or challenges of delivering education during a global pandemic. Read the full edition Stuart Gardner, MSc, NPQH, NLE Chief Executive Officer

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To celebrate inspirational black people and their achievements we launched our first ever Black History Month art competition. Talented students from all year groups across our Trust jumped at the chance to flex their creative muscles and submissions quickly rolled in; we were overwhelmed with so many fantastic and imaginative entries! After time to ponder some difficult decisions were made, our judging panel chose 3 overall winners – congratulations to you all! Our judges didn’t have it easy, there were so many fantastic pieces…

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The Kent Teacher of The Year Award is open for nominations! TSAT are proud to support the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards and nominations have now opened for the 2021 awards. Please head over to the KM Charity website to nominate someone YOU think makes a difference in your school! If there is someone at your school or in your team you would like to recognise, please do take the time to nominate them. Assistant Head of Maths at Goodwin Academy, Kirsty Gaythwaite,

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We are delighted to announce that Lee Miller, our own Deputy Chief Executive, is to be appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to education. Lee, who was born and bred in Medway (attending Featherby Infant and Junior School and then The Howard School) started working in education in 2009 as a school business manager at a large secondary school (now The Portsmouth Academy). He joined Thinking Schools in 2013 when the school did likewise, as only its third school.…

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The Thinking Schools Academy Trust invites all of its schools to take part in our first-ever Art Competition in celebration of Black History Month 2020. Individual and group projects representing a “Celebration of inspirational black people and their achievements” are welcomed. This is the first Black History Month Art competition ran by the Trust and it gives our children a chance to use the Trust’s platforms to showcase their artistic talents and celebrate black people in both modern and past history that are important to you…

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Goodwin Academy, Deal celebrates teachers’ amazing success at Kent Teacher of the Year awards. Cate Hayes-Watkins and Kirsty Gaythwaite were selected from hundreds of teachers around Kent and presented with four awards from the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards. Cate was honoured with the Dover District Drama Teacher of the Year and the Overall Secondary School Teacher of the Year. While Kirsty took home the Dover District Maths Teacher of the Year and Overall Maths Teacher of the Year Award. Talking about the teachers…

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Assistant Head of Maths at Goodwin Academy, Kirsty Gaythwaite, was selected from thousands of nominations, and is one of just 76 Silver Award winners across the country. Kirsty was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day. Initially joining the school as a learning support assistant to help vulnerable pupils, Kirsty was quickly identified as having a talent for teaching mathematics. She continued…